Girl, 15, Dies As Speedboat Crashes Into Buoy | TimeTestedNews

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A teenage girl has died and eleven others have been injured in a boat crash near Southampton.

The girl, 15, was travelling on a speedboat that hit a buoy in high winds, throwing two people into the water and injuring others on impact.

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Passing boats stopped to help four people ‘requiring urgent medical care’ and all passengers were taken to hospital where the girl later died.  It happened at 10.10am this morning at Southampton Water, near Netley.

It’s understood the girl’s family were in the boat at the time and were relatively uninjured in the crash. They are now being supported by the police.

An RNLI spokeswoman told Mail Online: ‘It was a tragic accident which happened around one of the navigation buoys off Netley at the top of Southampton Water.

‘It was very windy out there but the pleasure boat that went out there was very capable.

‘As a result of a coming together of the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) and the buoy, 12 people had to be rescued – some were walking wounded and some were fine.

‘Two people were flung into the water. The girl was not one of those but there are ramifications of crashing into anything at speed and she suffered impact injuries.’

The beach at Netley, Hampshire (Picture: PA) The boat is thought to have left Southampton this morning and was making an hour-long trip before it was due to return.

It is understood that the girl and her family got on the boat at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, but it is not known where they are from.

Hampshire police have launched an investigation in conjunction with HM Coastguard and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We are working alongside the Coastguard and Marine Accident Investigation Branch following a collision between a RIB and a buoy in Southampton Water off Netley, at around 10.10 am this morning.

‘Twelve people who were on board were subsequently taken to the hospital. Sadly, one of the passengers, a 15-year-old girl, was pronounced dead in hospital.

‘The girl’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers from Hampshire Constabulary.

‘Enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing and we would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or perhaps captured footage of it, to please contact police.’

A HM Coastguard spokeswoman said: ‘Three lifeboats, a Coastguard Rescue Team and the Ambulance Service were all called to assist.

‘There were some injuries and the 12 people who were on board were taken to shore and handed into the care of the ambulance service. Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.’

Source: MetroUK